Volkswagen plans to develop a new electric SUV for which the famous Scout name could be revived. Motor Trend reports this with reference to the head of the North American division Johan de Neissen.
The new model will be the ideological successor to the classic American SUV International Harvester Scout, which was developed in 1961 to compete with Jeep cars. Car production ceased in 1980, and five years later International Harvester, which had been manufacturing trucks and agricultural equipment since 1902, went bankrupt and ceased to exist.
The rights to the “Scout” brand are currently owned by Volkswagen. The German concern owns Traton, which combines the Man, Scania and Navistar cargo brands. The last company, established in 1986, is the direct successor to International Harvester.
According to preliminary data, Scout may become an independent sub-brand, under which new SUVs will be sold separately from Volkswagen cars. At the same time, as expected, the new model will appear no earlier than in five years.